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by Joanna Crain last modified Nov 13, 2013

Holiday entertaining in a small space can be daunting to contemplate, but with a little ingenuity, and a lot of planning, opening your little home to friends and family during this festive time of year can be fun and exciting. An experience you and your guests will want to repeat year after year, holiday entertaining just might become a small space tradition. It’s never too early to begin planning and gathering images that illustrate the look you’re going for. A Pinterest board is the perfect way to collect photos of decorations, food and drinks. Using Pinterest is quick, easy, and efficient. The results will amaze you as the visual representation of your ideal celebration evolves. Here are some things you’ll want to consider as you begin to plan your small space celebrations. Read More




 

 

Holiday entertaining in a small space can be daunting to contemplate, but with a little ingenuity, and a lot of planning, opening your little home to friends and family during this festive time of year can be fun and exciting. An experience you and your guests will want to repeat year after year, holiday entertaining just might become a small space tradition.

It’s never too early to begin planning and gathering images that illustrate the look you’re going for. A Pinterest board is the perfect way to collect photos of decorations, food and drinks. Using Pinterest is quick, easy, and efficient. The results will amaze you as the visual representation of your ideal celebration evolves. Here are some things you’ll want to consider as you begin to plan your small space celebrations.

Holiday decorations, especially lights, set the stage and the mood. We love the idea of creating a wonderful visual surprise for your guests beginning at the front door. This tiny foyer, sans the bike during the party, is just about perfect with captivating lights and decorations that take up virtually no floor space.

This built-in bar is a great use of space and leads us to the idea of clearing out the coat closet and adding a table or big cart that can be used as a temporary bar or buffet. A mirror could be hung on the back wall to make the space seem larger. String lights wrapped around the clothes bar to disguise it would also make the tiny space more festive.

A stylish bar cart (a must we think for any modern home) can be tucked into a corner, set up with all the essentials so that guests can serve themselves. Here a green wreath hung in front of a large floor mirror and the drinks themselves add wonderful color to the holiday look.

If you’re already wrapped family gifts and have nowhere to stash them, consider this clever idea. Stack the packages in the shape of a Christmas tree on top of the buffet or entertainment center. They’ll be out of the way and also add beautiful color and pattern as part of the decorations.

A traditional tree can take up lots of space in any home, but a small space can be overwhelmed. We’ve fallen for these tall modern minimalist lighted trees from Restoration Hardware. The branches can be bent upward to make the tree even more slender. 

 

Seating is always at a premium when a small home is filled with guests. Beautiful and practical, stackable chairs like this Icon-S Chair are the perfect solution. Check out some of the choices here at 212Concepts’ blog on Design Shuffle.

A little nook or corner can be used to set up a buffet for serving food, which you of course will have prepared ahead of time so you can enjoy the party, too. Alternatively, you might ask guests to bring their favorite holiday dishes—no prep or cleanup required as all the containers go home with their owners.

Even the tiniest of homes may have a sliver of outdoor space. If weather permits, a balcony or terrace with easy access from inside can be the perfect place for drinks. With a table set up directly outside the door, guests can reach out and serve themselves.

We wish you successful planning, clever solutions and many happy holiday hours spent entertaining in your small space. A cranberry ginger fizz cocktail recipe awaits you at Creative Culinary. Cheers!

 


 

 

 
 
 

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